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Background information
Feature films The Secret of NIMH
The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (mentioned)
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Frank Welker (uncredited)
Performance model
Honors and awards
Inspiration Lucifer from Walt Disney’s Cinderella
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Evil, avaricious, abstruse, powerful, destructive, nasty, free, temperamental, protective, cruel, sneaky, angry, dangerous, furtive, mysterious, hungry, puissant, hazardous, greedy, loyal
Appearance Obese gray cat, elderly, white mustache, right orange eye with yellow iris and left blue eye
Occupation The Farmer's cat, Jonathan's killer, Mrs. Brisby's enemy, Jeremy's allergy, Jenner's neighbor
Alignment Bad
Affiliations Don Bluth Villains
Goal Catching Rat and Mice
Home Barn House
Relatives Billy Fitzgibbons, Farmer Paul Fitzgibbons, Mrs. Beth Fitzgibbons
Allies The Fitzgibbons family
Enemies Jenner, Sullivan, Mrs. Brisby, Justin, Nicodemus, Mr. Ages, Jeremy, Jonathan Brisby
Likes Food, eating, water, drinking, Caching Rats and Mice
Dislikes Dogs, Rats and Mice getting away
Powers and abilities
Weapons his teeth, his Claws
Fate Drugged by the rat's sleeping powder and lets Mrs. Brisby escape
Quote "GRRRRR"

Dragon is the main antagonist of The Secret of NIMH. He is a old cat who belongs to Farmer Fitzgibbons and was responsible for killing Mrs. Brisby's husband. Though he isn't exactly a villain; it is not a crime for a cat to catch rats or mice, but he is actually mean. He was voiced by veteran animal voice actor, Frank Welker. Dragon's right eye is jaundiced which was from a liver disease and the other glass blue.

Role in the film

The Secret of NIMH

Dragon was seen catching birds while Mrs. Brisby and Jeremy were watching him. When Jeremy was laughing, Dragon went under the log. When Jeremy saw him, he sneezed at his face (since he claims he is allergic to 'cats') which made him very angry and roared at him. He stared at Brisby and started to attack her but she got away. When he was about to eat her, Jeremy pulled at his tail and he tried to use the string to catch Brisby but he failed. However, he went after Brisby on the tree but he gave up when his attempt of catching her failed and he fell into the water. While Jeremy and Brisby went on a quest to find the rose bush, he was sleeping which Jeremy went into by mistake and was scolded by his owner, Mrs. Beth Fitzgibbons. At his last appearance, while Brisby was running out of the house after being caught by the Fitzgibbons' son and put into a cage, he was seen just fat and lazy again all because of the rats' sleeping powder that he always induced from his food bowl. When this scene came to an end, it was declared unknown what became of him.

The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue

He does not appear but he is only Mentioned in the sequel.



  • His blue eye is similar to the Barn Owl from the 1993 animated film, Once Upon A Forest. Four of Don Bluth's friends, Dan Kuenster, Linda Miller, Skip Jones and Kevin Wurzer has worked on Once Upon A Forest as well, just like the other non-Don Bluth films, The Chipmunk Adventure, The Brave Little Toaster, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, Rover Dangerfield, FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Tom and Jerry: The Movie, The Pagemaster, Felidae, The Thief and the Cobbler, Space Jam and Eight Crazy Nights. They have also worked at Creative Capers, an animation studio in Montrose, run by two interns, Dave Molina and Terry Shakesphere.
  • His breed may be a Maine Coon, But because He has more digits on each paw, He is a polydactyl cat.
  • Sometimes the blind eye and functional eye switch places.
  • He is described as being fat and lazy and sleeping many of the time.
  • Dragon's name comes from a type of a mythical creature of the same name.
  • Even though Jenner was the true main antagonist of the film, Dragon served as The Heavy because it was his murder of Jonathan that drove the plot, which makes Jenner the Big Bad, and the one behind the plot.
  • According to the book version, Dragon an orange and white cat with yellow eyes and needle sharp fangs. He was given His name by Mrs. Fitzgibbons, as a joke when He was a kitten pretending to be fierce.

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